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The mania of hard-core record collecting is duly appraised and appreciated in this delightful if rambling 2000 documentary by Canadian video maker Alan Zweig. A collector himself, Zweig interviews his dozen-odd subjects as if they were exchanging confidences, and in between the sessions he psychoanalyzes himself in a mirror. The collectors share a great deal in common—nostalgia, escapism, gender (few women succumb to the hobby), and of course floor-to-ceiling shelves groaning under the weight of thousands of singles, LPs, and 78s. But their particular compulsions set them apart: one guy looks for the same song recorded in every language, another owns nearly everything featuring trombonist Jack Teagarden, and another covets the Monkees' albums on their original label. By the end, Zweig has chucked his collection and is preparing to get a life. 110 min.

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